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Detroit area Ford worker dies in apparent suicide at stamping factory

By Shannon Jones, 21 October 2017

A young part-time temporary worker at Ford’s Woodhaven Stamping Plant who was facing disciplinary charges apparently took his own life Friday.

Senate passes resolution setting stage for $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for the rich

By Gabriel Black, 21 October 2017

The resolution helps procedurally prepare for the passage of a dramatic cut in taxes for business and for the financial elite.

Pompeo vows that the CIA will become a “much more vicious agency”

By Isaac Finn, 21 October 2017

Pompeo’s statements reflect the sentiments of a large section of the political establishment and intelligence communities.

White supremacist met by mass protest at University of Florida

By Fred Mazelis, 21 October 2017

Richard Spencer shut down his program 30 minutes ahead of schedule after confronting opponents who vastly outnumbered neo-fascists in the audience.

Alabama man raises arms, grimaces as state puts him to death by lethal injection

By Shelley Connor, 21 October 2017

Some pharmacologists have suggested that as many as one in four executions where midazolam is used are botched.

Trudeau exploits Edmonton attack to lay groundwork for anti-refugee measures

By Laurent Lafrance, 21 October 2017

Aping the chauvinist hard-right, Trudeau is claiming that the Edmonton attack indicates Canada’s refugee system needs to be made more restrictive.

Gen. Kelly’s tirade and the threat of dictatorship

By Bill Van Auken, 21 October 2017

The callous and reactionary response of the Trump White House to the anguish of the family of a US soldier killed in Niger is of a piece with the deep-going militarization of the US government.

Trump threatens to jettison NAFTA, as trade disputes intensify

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 13 October 2017

The collapse of NAFTA would mark a new stage in the eruption of 1930s-style “beggar they neighbor” trade conflicts.

As CAMI strike ends third week, Unifor peddles Canadian nationalism at rally

By Jerry White, 7 October 2017

Unifor is using CAMI workers as pawns in their maneuvers with the Canadian and US governments over renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Puerto Rico continues to languish as tropical storm Nate threatens US Gulf Coast

By Rafael Azul, 7 October 2017

The current hurricane season in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico is proving to be one of the most destructive on record.

Trump administration limits access to birth control under ACA

By Trévon Austin, 7 October 2017

A new mandate revokes the requirement for companies and organizations that claim religious or moral objections to provide birth control.

Democrats push for deal with Trump on DACA as ICE threatens mass raids

By Norisa Diaz, 7 October 2017

Democrats downplay tension on immigration as ICE head threatens to split families up and conduct warrantless arrests in California.

A week on America’s death row

A lethal injection in Florida, stay of execution in Alabama

By Kate Randall, 7 October 2017

Michael Lambrix was executed Thursday night in Florida, while Jeffrey Borden was issued a last-minute state of execution in Alabama.

“Love and courage”—Canada’s NDP elects Obama-style pitchman as leader

By Roger Jordan, 7 October 2017

Singh’s elevation to the position of party leader was greeted with enthusiasm by the corporate-controlled media, reflecting the fact that he was the preferred candidate of the most right-wing elements among Canada’s social democrats.

Inequality and the American oligarchy

Identity politics and the growth of inequality within racial minorities

By Eric London, 7 October 2017

New data from the Federal Reserve reveal the extraordinary growth of social inequality within minority populations, which forms the basis of the identity politics of the upper-middle class.

Peruvian miners launch national strike amid walkouts by doctors and teachers

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25 July 2017

The Peruvian government has responded to the strike of miners against brutal working conditions by declaring the walkout illegal.

Trump administration to pursue protectionist agenda in NAFTA renegotiation

By Roger Jordan, 21 July 2017

Washington intends to use the talks to extract concessions from corporate America’s Canadian and Mexican rivals and to forge a US-led trade bloc to confront its global rivals.

Trump triggers renegotiation of NAFTA

By Roger Jordan, 22 May 2017

The Trump administration is aggressively pursuing its “America first” agenda, renegotiating the agreement as economic protectionism grows around the world.

Massive explosion kills 31, injures scores at fireworks market in Mexico

By Genevieve Leigh, 22 December 2016

A massive chain-reaction explosion erupted at one of the largest fireworks markets in the country in Tultepec, just north of the capital.

Unifor selects General Motors Canada as pattern bargaining target

By Carl Bronski, 8 September 2016

The selection of GM is a signal to the Detroit automakers that Unifor is set to negotiate deals that attack the wages and benefits of autoworkers and bolster corporate profits.

Hardship grows in Alberta as oil industry contracts

By Janet Browning, 5 August 2016

The economic slump brought on by the oil price collapse has increased poverty rates, food insecurity and homelessness.

Canadian court rejects indefinite detention of man under anti-democratic Security Certificate

By Roger Jordan, 4 June 2016

Under Security Certificates, anyone who is not a citizen can be detained indefinitely on the government’s say-so and with the detainee having no right to see the evidence against them.

Thousands lose their homes in Alberta wildfire

By Roger Jordan, 12 May 2016

While the fire is now reportedly contained, the authorities have said it will be another two weeks before they can say when the 90,000 it has displaced can return to the Fort McMurray area.

Alberta wildfire continues to spread, forcing further evacuations

By Roger Jordan, 6 May 2016

The vast wealth extracted from the Fort McMurray area stands in striking contrast with the paltry resources the authorities have mobilized to tackle the wildfire and assist the displaced.

Québec Solidaire ready to govern with pro-austerity Parti Quebecois

By Laurent Lafrance, 19 April 2016

Québec Solidaire leader Francoise David has said her party “would perhaps be in power together” with the big business PQ had the latter implemented proportional representation.

Canada’s pseudo-left rallies round discredited pro-war, pro-austerity NDP

By Roger Jordan, 8 April 2016

Pseudo-left groups like Fightback and the Socialist Caucus shamelessly distort, falsify and lie about the political record, social composition, and class orientation of the NDP.

Canada’s establishment “canonizes” former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

By Carl Bronski, 25 March 2016

An arch-right winger, notorious for his ignorance and appeals to prejudice, Ford was used by the big business elite to push the city’s politics sharply to the right.

Manitoba aboriginal youth suicides exemplify systemic crisis

By Carl Bronski, 18 March 2016

Leaders of the Pimicikamak Cree First Nation in Northern Manitoba have declared a state of emergency after the sixth suicide of a young person in three months.

Minnesota’s Iron Range hammered by steel industry layoffs

By a correspondent, 11 March 2016

The United Steelworkers and the Democratic Party have responded with nationalist demagogy, blaming China for “illegal dumping” of steel products on the US market.

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Canada’s pseudo-left silent on trade unions’ support for Liberal government

By Roger Jordan, 26 February 2016

A Socialist Project article bemoans the Liberals’ success in donning a “progressive” guise, but is completely silent on the unions’ and NDP’s role in fashioning it.

After tiny tax hike

Canada’s Globe and Mail demands Trudeau “stop whacking the 1 percent”

By Roger Jordan, 19 February 2016

The Globe fears even the most limited and dishonest appeal to antiestablishment feeling could fuel social anger and inadvertently trigger social opposition.

On what program should workers oppose the sellout agreement in Quebec’s public sector?

By the Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 2 February 2016

Quebec public sector workers face a political struggle. In rejecting the sellout agreement touted by the inter-union Common Front, they will be challenging the austerity program of the entire ruling elite.

Canada’s prime minister courts global financial elite

By Roger Jordan, 27 January 2016

Even as Trudeau enthused over Canada’s “financial stability,” the country’s economy was being roiled by plummeting oil prices and the rapid depreciation of the Canadian dollar.

Canada’s central bank expresses trepidation over economic downturn

By Roger Jordan, 29 December 2015

Canada’s central bank has announced that in the event of a major crisis it will consider adopting negative interest rates and other unconventional policies.

Montreal suspends 2,400 workers for participating in an “illegal” meeting

By Laurent Lafrance, 19 December 2015

Montreal’s mayor is accusing workers of “bullying” while his administration is attacking wages, pensions and benefits won through generations of struggle.

Trudeau’s refugee “welcome” and the real agenda of Canada’s new government

By Roger Jordan, 15 December 2015

Trudeau is giving his government “progressive” and humanitarian hues to provide political cover for continuing the Canadian elite’s aggressive foreign policy agenda.

Obama’s crisis speech on San Bernardino attack

By Patrick Martin, 7 December 2015

Obama’s speech Sunday night from the White House reflected the growing political crisis in his administration, amidst mounting calls for an expansion of the US war drive in Syria.

Canada: Liberals mask right-wing program with “real change” rhetoric

By Roger Jordan, 7 December 2015

Friday’s Throne Speech underscored that the Liberals’ “real change” rhetoric is a fraud, aimed at obscuring their plans to assert the interests of big business at home and abroad.

Canada’s finance minister acknowledges sharp economic slowdown

By Roger Jordan, 23 November 2015

Finance Minister Bill Morneau vowed the Liberals will implement their pledge to eliminate the budget deficit in 2019, even if that requires steeper cuts.

Canada’s NDP rallies behind Mulcair after election debacle

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 29 October 2015

The NDP leadership has reacted to the party’s electoral rout by declaring its full support for the party’s pro-austerity federal leader, Tom Mulcair.

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27 October 2015

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Canada’s incoming Liberals will pursue austerity and war

By Roger Jordan, 21 October 2015

Trudeau’s government will use “progressive” rhetoric and cosmetic changes to repackage big business’s agenda of attacks on workers rights and imperialist aggression.

“Team Trudeau”: Tried and trusted representatives of big business

By our reporter, 21 October 2015

In the wake of the Liberals’ sweeping victory in Monday’s federal election, Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau has vowed to move quickly to appoint his cabinet.

Canada’s Liberals sweep to power on phony anti-austerity vow

By Keith Jones, 20 October 2015

The pro-austerity campaign mounted by the social-democratic NDP and unions enabled the big business Liberals to fraudulently pose as the proponents of “progressive” change.

Canada’s elections: “Progressive” bluster, war and reaction

By Keith Jones, 17 October 2015

Canada’s election campaign has illustrated the extent to which the traditional political structures are impervious to the needs of working people, and the ruling elite indifferent and hostile to fundamental democratic principles.

Canada’s Greens shill for “Anybody but Harper” fraud

By Dylan Lubao, 16 October 2015

The Greens are vocal supporters of a Liberal or Liberal-NDP government that would employ “progressive” rhetoric while pursuing austerity and imperialist aggression.

Canada’s NDP to prop up big business Liberal government

By Keith Jones, 14 October 2015

NDP leader Tom Mulcair has said that should no party emerge on October 19 with a parliamentary majority, his party would be ready to form a government with the Liberals.

Why are Canada’s politicians mute about the Canada-US military integration plans?

By Roger Jordan, 6 October 2015

Not a single politician or major newspaper has so much as referred to the integration talks, let alone discussed their implications or demanded further information about them.

Canada’s military to “weaponize” its public affairs branch

By Roger Jordan, 5 October 2015

On the orders of the Canadian Armed Forces’ high command, journalists who write stories critical of the armed forces are to be shunned and intimidated.

Canadian election: Militarism and reaction dominate foreign policy debate

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 30 September 2015

The leaders of Canada’s three main parties used Monday’s foreign policy debate to stake their claim as the most capable and determined defenders of Canadian imperialism.

Death of Syrian infant exposes Canadian complicity in refugee crisis

By Keith Jones, 5 September 2015

The Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper rebuffed efforts by a woman living in Vancouver to rescue her Syrian relatives, including three-year-old Alan Kurdi.

Strong support from Canadian Fiat Chrysler workers for an international struggle

By Jerry White, 24 August 2015

A campaign team distributed the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter to FCA workers in Brampton, Ontario.

Harper formally launches Canada’s federal election campaign

By Keith Jones and Roger Jordan, 3 August 2015

Harper used his first campaign speech to serve notice he will run a hard-right campaign, highlighting his government’s austerity record and its aggressive foreign policy.

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Canada boosts Kiev regime with free trade pact

By Roger Jordan, 17 July 2015

The agreement is aimed at demonstrating Canada’s staunch support for the Kiev regime, which was brought to power last year in a pro-western coup spearheaded by fascist forces.

Quebec unions seek to smother opposition to austerity

By Laurent Lafrance, 3 July 2015

The Quebec Liberal government’s frontal assault on public sector workers is a key element of a broader austerity agenda that targets the entire working class.

Alberta NDP government asks ex-Bank of Canada head to draft budget plan

By Roger Jordan, 1 July 2015

The NDP is soliciting advice from a right-wing mandarin involved in formulating sweeping attacks on working people, including the draconian cuts of the Chretien-Martin government.

Canada: Alleged ISIS supporter released on bail after lengthy, illegal detention without charge

By Roger Jordan, 20 June 2015

Twenty-three-year-old Aaron Driver was quietly released on bail late last week by a Manitoba court, after being detained since his arrest by police on June 4.

Québec Solidaire renews offer to work with Péladeau-led PQ

By Laurent Lafrance, 19 June 2015

Following the PQ’s election of the right-wing media mogul Péladeau as its leader, Québec Solidaire feigned astonishment—as it does whenever the PQ shows its true class character.

Mexican president deploys military in Jalisco state

By Kevin Kearney, 25 May 2015

The military operations of the Peña Nieto government are aimed at a far more dangerous internal enemy: Mexico’s increasingly restive working class.

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12 May 2015

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Quebec government criminalizes student strike

By Laurent Lafrance, 17 April 2015

The government is determined to break the student protest movement against its austerity program and to put an end to Quebec’s tradition of political protest through student strikes.

Canada: Conservatives fast-tracking Bill C-51 into law

By Roger Jordan, 11 April 2015

Canada’s Conservative government is determined to adopt legislation that attacks core democratic rights.

US orders 7,700 children deported without court hearings

By Patrick Martin, 7 March 2015

While Obama pretends to sympathize with undocumented children, his administration is carrying out the most brutal crackdown on immigrants in US history.

Canada’s Bill C-51: A sweeping assault on democratic rights and legal principles—Part 2

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 7 March 2015

The WSWS continues its exposure of how Canada’s ostensible new anti-terror legislation attacks key democratic and constitutionally protected rights.

Canada invokes “jihadi threat” to pursue agenda of war and reaction

By Keith Jones, 28 February 2015

Canada’s Conservative government is steamrolling through parliament legislation that tramples on core democratic rights and dramatically augments the power of the state.

Canadian NDP declares willingness to enter coalition with Liberals

By Dylan Lubao, 20 February 2015

The leader of the social democratic NDP has reiterated the possibility of joining hands with a party that has carried out the greatest social spending cuts in Canadian history.

Peru’s currency falls sharply amidst economic crisis

By Cesar Uco, 2 February 2015

The most significant cause of the deterioration of the Peruvian economy is the sharp drop in copper exports caused by a slowdown in global demand.

Koch brothers pledge to spend nearly $900 million on 2016 US elections

By Patrick Martin, 29 January 2015

Charles and David Koch plan to spend more money to elect right-wing candidates in 2016 than either the Democratic or Republican parties.

Mexican government rushes to close case of disappeared students

By Bill Van Auken, 29 January 2015

Peña Nieto told Mexicans to get over the fate of the 43 students so he can move ahead with a “reform” agenda backed by Washington.

Canada’s International Socialists promote unions’ “anti-Harper,” pro-Liberal campaign

By Dylan Lubao and Keith Jones, 13 December 2014

The pseudo-left International Socialists are lining up behind the trade unions’ campaign to back a Liberal or a Liberal-NDP coalition government.

“They just killed him for nothing”

Hundreds mourn death of 12-year-old boy killed by Cleveland police

By Samuel Davidson, 2 December 2014

Hundreds of people from throughout the Cleveland area attended a viewing Sunday for 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was shot by police while playing with a toy gun.

Billions in handouts to Canadian auto companies yet to be repaid

By Carl Bronski, 2 December 2014

The true aim of the auto industry bailout was to make the Detroit Big Three once again a lucrative source of profits for rich investors by gutting auto workers’ jobs and wages.

Angry protests sweep Mexico after government says 43 students are dead

By Don Knowland, 11 November 2014

The attorney general’s presentation of gang confessions claiming that the 43 missing students were killed and burned has further incited an outraged Mexican public.

Peña Nieto implicated in rail contract scandal

By Our reporter, 11 November 2014

The Mexican president’s private mansion has been linked toa multibillion-dollar contract awarded to a corporatesupporter.

Protests across Mexico over disappearance of students

By Rafael Azul, 16 October 2014

At least 29 universities joined the protest walkout, and in Guerrero, 87 percent of schools were on strike.

Tens of thousands protest massacre of Mexican student teachers

By Rafael Azul, 10 October 2014

The killings have triggered a tidal wave of national anger that threatens the stability of the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Atlantic City, New Jersey casino workers arrested at protest over slashed benefits

By Sandy English, 10 October 2014

Workers blocked traffic to oppose draconian cuts to their health and pension benefits.

The “Detroit Homecoming”: City planning by and for the billionaires

By Thomas Gaist, 22 September 2014

A select group of billionaires and wealthy private foundations gathered at an invitation-only event this week to plan Detroit’s future.

Socialist Equality Party campaigns against war in Detroit and Minneapolis

By our reporters, 22 September 2014

Socialist Equality Party campaign teams spoke to workers and young people in Detroit and Minneapolis last weekend to promote the upcoming lecture series on the danger of world war.

The Ray Rice case and the violence of American football

By Alan Gilman and Jerry White, 10 September 2014

Nowhere in the round-the-clock media coverage and sanctimonious statements of NFL officials, team owners and political figures has there been the slightest insight into the broader social causes of such violence.

New Jersey, New York part of a national trend

Northeastern US states seek to cut public worker pensions

By Philip Guelpa, 10 September 2014

Governments in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York are mounting efforts to severely reduce public worker pension benefits.

LAPD suppresses autopsy reports in police killings

By Kevin Martinez, 10 September 2014

Los Angeles Police Department detectives shot unarmed 24-year-old Ezell Ford six times in the back on August 11, less than two weeks after the August 2 killing of Omar Abrego.

Former governor of Virginia found guilty on corruption charges

By Nick Barrickman, 10 September 2014

Former Republican governor of Virginia Robert F. McDonnell and his wife Maureen were found guilty of 20 felony counts of corruption, conspiracy and fraud.

Toronto’s mayoralty candidates ignore growing poverty

By Carl Bronski, 10 September 2014

A report compiled by the Social Planning Council and various community groups concluded that child poverty in Toronto has reached “epidemic” levels.

Wave of layoffs sweeps North American coal industry

By Clement Daly, 22 August 2014

Alpha Natural Resources plans to lay off approximately 1,100 coal miners and support staff at 11 affiliated coal mining operations in southern West Virginia by mid-October.

Bank of America agrees to sweetheart settlement with US Department of Justice

By Gabriel Black, 22 August 2014

The actual financial hit of BoA is far less than the $16.7 billion price tag touted by the Obama administration.

Florida courts prepare fast-track hearings for immigrant children

By Matthew MacEgan, 8 August 2014

Florida immigration courts are seeking to establish special “dockets” to speed up the process of hearing the cases of thousands of immigrant children who have recently arrived in the state.

Mediocre US jobs report points to ongoing unemployment crisis

By Gabriel Black, 2 August 2014

The US economy added 209,000 jobs in July, below analysts’ predictions and less than the amount of jobs needed to keep up with population growth.

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Federal Judge rules California death penalty law is unconstitutional

By Alan Gilman, 18 July 2014

The judge found that lengthy and unpredictable delays have resulted in an arbitrary and unfair capital punishment system.

US Supreme Court backs Christian college against contraception mandate

By Tom Carter, 5 July 2014

On Thursday, in the wake of its decision in the Hobby Lobby case, the US Supreme Court issued an order that further undermines workers’ rights and the separation of church and state.

Talks to end BC teachers’ strike collapse

By Keith Jones, 5 July 2014

Talks to end a strike by 41,000 British Columbia public school teachers collapsed this week after the provincial government refused to discuss teachers’ demands.

US appeals court rules defendant has no right to secret surveillance documents

By Gabriel Black, 19 June 2014

A federal appeals court overturned a previous ruling allowing a terrorism defendant’s lawyer access to FISA material.

Retired Detroit bus mechanics denounce cuts to pensions and transportation services

By Shannon Jones and Debra Watson, 19 June 2014

The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke with two retired Detroit bus mechanics about the upcoming vote on the Plan of Adjustment proposed by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.

California court ruling signals nationwide attack on teacher tenure, seniority rights

By Gabriel Black, 12 June 2014

The anti-teacher ruling was immediately hailed by the Obama administration as creating a “new framework for the teaching profession” for the entire country.

Illinois Democrats gut Chicago city worker pensions

By Alexander Fangmann and Kristina Betinis, 12 June 2014

Democratic Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill cutting the pensions of tens of thousands of Chicago workers by an estimated 20 percent.

US House Republican leader defeated in primary election

By Patrick Martin, 12 June 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a right-wing Republican, lost to a challenger who managed to outflank him from the right on immigration and budget-cutting.

Detroit officials agree at DIA press conference: Workers must pay for bankruptcy

By Larry Porter and Jerry White, 12 June 2014

An announcement that the Big Three automakers are contributing a paltry sum to the so-called Grand Bargain was used to demand that retirees support the plan to gut their benefits.